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Commander Islands, Bering Sea

The Commander Islands, in Russian "Komandorskiye Ostrova," float east of the Kamchatka Peninsula in the Bering Sea. This true-color Terra MODIS image from May 3, 2005, shows the tiny islands covered in bright white snow against the deep black open water. The islands - Bering island in the west and Mednyi Island in the east - support a small population of Russians and Aleuts that supports itself on fishing and hunting whales. Bering Island lies on the International Timeline, and both tend to be foggy and experience earthquakes.

Jeff Schmaltz

Published January 5, 2005
Data acquired May 3, 2005

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